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Photograph of the Alice Louise Reynolds Club

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3811

Scope and Contents

Group portrait of the Alice Louise Reynolds Club, the Salt Lake Chapter, taken at the Lion House on May 19, 1977. The names of the group members can be found on the back of the portrait.


  • 1977

Conditions Governing Access

Open to public access; Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Photograph of the Alice Louise Reynolds Club must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Alice Louise Reynolds (1873-1938) was a Brigham Young University professor.

Alice Louise Reynolds was born on April 1, 1873 to George Reynolds and Mary Ann Tuddenhaum Reynolds. At age 12, she was sent to study at Brigham Young Academy after the death of her mother, where she studied under Karl G. Maeser. She graduated from the Academy in 1890, and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Pedagogy degree from the University of Michigan, from which she graduated in 1895.

Reynolds returned to Brigham Young Academy to teach college-level courses, becoming the first woman to do so. She was awarded two other degrees, a Bachelor of Didactics from the Church Board of Education in 1897, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University 1910. She was the first woman to be a full professor at Brigham Young University.

Besides teaching, Reynolds was a national Democratic committee member and convention delegate. She was active and served in the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the National American Women Suffrage Conventions, and the League of Women Votes. Along with her political and social service, she continued studying at such universities as Cornell, Berkely, Columbia, and the University of Chicago, along with study in London and Paris. She also became the committee chair of the Brigham Young University library.

Reynolds served on the board for the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association for 20 years, and was also called to the General Board of the Relief Society. In this calling, she edited the Relief Society Magazine and made contributions to the literary lessons of the Relief Society curriculum.

Reynolds died of cancer on December 5, 1938.

Administrative History

The Alice Louise Reynolds Clubs (1932- ) was a women's club created to honor Alice Louise Reynolds.

The central Alice Louise Reynolds Club was created in 1933. The original constitution was presented in September of 1933 and adopted Feb. 6, 1937. The constitution established by-laws, the executive structure, officer duties, and membership dues. The purpose of the club was stated in the constitution as to "honor Miss Reynolds, to further ideals for which she stood, to participate in cultural activities, and to maintain and develop friendships through study and social contacts." The Executive Committee was composed of a President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer. The constitution was revised Feb. 1, 1953, and at its peak sixteen chapters of the club existed--fourteen along the Wasatch Front, a Hurricane, St. George chapter, as well as chapter in New York City.


1 folder (0.08 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

These items were received by Special Collections in 1995.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation; Reynolds Room; 1995.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

These items are part of the Photo Archives.

Register of Photograph of the Alice Louise Reynolds Club
Abe Austin
2012 March 30
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States